University Fees

Tuition fees vary from one university to another and according to the type of course taken:
  • Classroom

    Courses that do not involve significant laboratory, workshop or studio-based activities, for example, arts and social studies, business studies, accountancy and law courses.

  • Laboratory / Studio

    Laboratory based courses , including engineering, pure and applied sciences, some computing, media, etc.

    The definition here can be blurred as some IT courses, for example, bridge the divide between arts and science.

  • Medicine

    MEDICINE is usually five years in duration. Traditionally the first two years, or pre-clinical years, are charged at the science rate, and the remaining clinical years are at a higher rate.

    Many courses in medicine now have an integrated approach with no strict distinction between the pre-clinical and clinical years and so there may be a standard fee.

Within the above-named categories, however, there can be significant differences in actual costs.
For example, you will see that fees are higher for universities located around London compared with those based outside the city area.
Also, the tuition fees at many statute universities are generally lower compared to tuition fees at charter universities, especially in science and engineering.

Some course fees may be calculated on a 50:50 ratio of the arts and science fees where a mixture of arts and science is involved.
Please check with MABECS for individual university fees listing.

Annual Tuition Fee Ranges at UK Universities, 2018
Lowest Fee (£) Middle (50%) Highest Fee (£)
Median Fee    
Charter Lab/Studio 16500 17500 19900 23700 28000
Charter Classroom 12800 14500 16000 18000 22000
Statute Lab/Studio 10700 11500 12500 13900 14100
Statute Classroom 10700 11500 12700 12900 13100
Medicine Pre-clinical 17900 20400 31800 32100 38500
Medicine Clinical 29000 33000 35400 40200 49900
50% of universities, charge annual tuition fees ranging between those shown in the 2nd & 4th columns.

Cost of Living

Added to the tuition fees is the cost of living, which again varies significantly from one region of the UK to the next.
  • The further north and west that you travel from London the cheaper the cost of living becomes.
  • Living costs will also vary depending on individual circumstances and lifestyle expectations.
  • Living costs generally include accommodation, various social expenses, book and additional academic costs, clothing, basic general travelling costs (not including overseas flights).

Accommodation & Living Expenses £ per week
Catered single room (Will normally include breakfast, evening meal during the week, lunch on weekends, heating, lighting) 117-246
Self catered single room (No meals provided but kitchens available. In some cases the student will also be responsible for cleaning and for their heating and lighting) 85-306
Food for self-catering students 70
Laundry, toiletries, postage, telephone 50
Entertainment 50
Local Travel (within city) 27
One-off Costs £ per Term
Books and Equipment 300
Warm Clothing 300

Total Living Expenses Basic Austerity Level (£) Generous Level (£) London (£)
Undergraduate Student (based on a 39 week session) 7490 11535 12395
Postgraduate Student (based on a 52 week session) 9987 15380 16527


To better assess the cost of your studies you are invited to use the Cost Calculator that will work out the cost of your studies at various universities.

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